A world-class tennis academy
Founded in 1998 by Emilio Sánchez Vicario (former World #7 player) and Sergio Casal, the Academia Sánchez-Casal is an educational institution with the highest standards and a proven track record in developing successful young people through all stages of their lives.
The Florida Campus is managed by Emilio Sanchez himself, the Director of Sanchez-Casal. This campus is located in a peaceful environment, close to a lake, with abundance of fauna and flora, close to beautiful beaches and Naples which is the main city closeby.
Academia Sánchez-Casal believes that using tennis and education within the 'Academia' framework as the vehicle for personal development, student athletes will continue to be good citizens of the world long after they leave their care. Their Mission at the Academia Sánchez-Casal is "creating opportunities in tennis, in education, in life."
There is a focus on teaching and harnessing the core values of education, competitiveness, enthusiasm and industriousness. The academy has a unique training system as well as a high performance research centre.
This successful method enables students to obtain scholarships in universities across the United States, and has been used by professional ATP tennis players such as:
- Andy Murray (Wimbledon and London Olympics Champion);
- Grigor Dimitrov and;
- Juan Monaco.
And WTA players such as:
- Svetlana Kuznetsova (U.S. Open and Roland Garros Champion);
- Daniela Hantuchova and;
- Tamira Paszek.
High performance training and international schools
This High Performance training method is closely linked to the players academic development, provided by ES International School, located within the Academy's Sport Campus.
The Academy offers great study programs to juniors that include schooling and languages programs as well as weekly training camps for kids and adults of all levels.
Head off to the Everglades National Park which is a stunning park. There you can find alligators, raccoons, pelicans and amazing flora.
Shopping and Watersports
Visit Naples which is great for shopping and also has many attractions such as the water park with a dolphins attraction or go the local beach where you can enjoy watersports such as paddle board, canoeing and more.
Disneyworld is located about 3 hour drive from the Academy. This amazing attraction definitely offers a magical experience, particularly for the kids.
The Academy offers 2 types of on campus accommodation:
- Residence: The academy has different apartments for girls and for boys, those offer either a single or double room, all of them equipped with air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Free wifi.
- Condominiums: There are 7 magnificent condominiums in the community next to the clubhouse. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, terrace, dinning room, washer, dryer, TV and WIFI. Apartment users have the possibility to request half board or full board in the restaurant.
The Academia Sánchez-Casal, in conjunction with ES International School, offers Naples, Florida-based players who aim to become tennis professionals the possibility of completing an on-campus American educational program. The school program is offered in a traditional classroom format that is fully compatible with a student's sport training without compromising academic quality. The program requires students to complete at least their senior year, or twelfth grade, of the American secondary education system in order to graduate.
The Food & Beverages department works with the nutrition department in preparing menus and selecting the best, fresh produce. They provide a wide variety of dishes and work to ensure a perfect balance of proper diet for all guests.
The fitness department works together with the Sánchez-Casal Academy tennis coaches in order to improve the physical abilities of players and develop plans to prevent the most common injuries in sports.
The Sánchez-Casal Academy has developed an on-court mental coaching system with which qualified coaches analyze the needs of each tennis player on court and helps him/her develop different techniques to achieve specific goals. With effective mental training, a player can improve in all facets of the game.
Video analysis is a tool for finding the strengths and weaknesses of the player. It can detect forms or styles of play that are repeated and develop strategies to overcome them.
The ProShop is a professional tennis shop, offered to all Academy clients with a wide range of new sports products and services without having to leave the sports campus.